While on Vacation, Obama Criticizes Congress for Taking Vacation

By Eric Scheiner | August 24, 2015 | 8:29am EDT

Obama (left) walks along the fairway as golfing partner Robert Wolf (right) looks on while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on the island of Martha's Vineyard (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - President Obama returned from a two-week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday, but not before criticizing members of Congress for taking their own recess.

During President Obama’s weekly address released on Saturday, the president chastised Congress: “Unfortunately, Congress left town for five full weeks – and they left behind a stack of unfinished business.”

“For the first time ever, Congress failed to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.  That left thousands of business owners and their employees at a serious disadvantage compared to their competitors overseas,” Obama said. 

“That’s not good for jobs. It's not good for our economy.  When it returns from recess, reauthorizing the bank ought to be a top agenda for members of Congress.”

Obama also raised the specter of a government shutdown:

“Congress also hasn’t passed a budget – and when they return from vacation, they’ll only have a few weeks to do so, or shut down the government for the second time in two years.  They’ve had all year to do this.  Months ago, I put forward a detailed plan to strengthen our economy and our national security in a fiscally responsible way.  And for months, I’ve said I will veto any budget that locks in the sequester—those senseless cuts to domestic and national security priorities.”

“Remember, we can’t cut our way to prosperity,” President Obama said.

Congress is set to return from a five-week recess on Sept. 8.

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